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2010 CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL
Saturday, Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m. (PT)
Cal (5-4, 3-3 Pac-10) vs. Oregon (9-0, 6-0 Pac-10)
Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA
TV: Versus (2D) - Ron Thulin (Play-By-Play), Glenn Parker (Analyst), Lewis Johnson (Sideline Reporter); Versus (3D) - Wayne Larrivee (Play-By-Play), Erik Kramer (Analyst), Heidi Androl (Sideline Reporter)
Cal Commercial Radio: KGO 810 AM (San Francisco) - Joe Starkey (Play-By-Play), Troy Taylor (Analyst, Pregame Show), Todd McKim (Pregame Show, Sideline), Lee Grosscup (Postgame Show), Kate Scott (Postgame Show) Each broadcast begins with a 60-minute pregame show. The postgame show includes reaction from the Bears' locker room and the "Postgame at the Paragon" program from the Paragon Bar & Cafe at the Claremont Resort & Spa hosted by Lee Grosscup and Kate Scott.
ISP Sports/Cal Radio Network Affiliates: KESP 970 AM (Modesto), KGIL 1260 AM (Los Angeles), KPRZ 1210 AM (San Diego), KTKZ 1380 AM (Sacramento). All-Access Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on the Internet thorugh the All-Access channel on CalBears.com. All-Access can be found under the Multimedia tab at the top of the page.
Cal Student Radio: KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - KALX 90.7 FM (Berkeley) - Danny Freisinger (Play-By-Play), Elliott Schwimmer and Beni Shpringer (Analysts).
Sirius XM Satellite Radio: The Cal commercial radio broadcast feed of the game can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio on XM channel 194.
Visit CalBears.com for complete coverage of Cal football, including a live play-by-play update via Gametracker.
Cal Coaches Corner: This week's Cal Coaches Corner features interviews with football coach Jeff Tedford, men's tennis coach Peter Writer, men's basketball forward Harper Kamp and wide receiver Marvin Jones. The weekly program airs each Monday from 6-7 p.m. on KNEW Radio (910 AM) live from the Paragon at the Claremont Hotel, Club and Spa in Berkeley. In addition this week, Mike Jorgensen from the Oregon Sports Network will join Todd McKim and co-host Roxy Bernstein to preview Saturday's tilt between the Golden Bears and No. 1-ranked Ducks at Memorial Stadium.
Fans are welcome to listen in person at the Claremont (41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley), while those who want to submit questions to coach Tedford can do so by logging on at CalBears.com/fanquestion.
Cal Sports Report: Host Todd McKim and reporter Francesca Weems bring viewers the latest in Cal Athletics each week on the Cal Sports Report airing on CSN California this week on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT, Thursday at 3:30 and 9 p.m. PT, and Friday at 10 p.m. PT. The show debuts each week on Wednesday at 5 p.m. unless pre-empted by a live sports event and replays several times each week.
GOLDEN BEAR FACTS
Head Coach: Jeff Tedford
Alma Mater/Year: Fresno State/`83
Record at Cal/Years: 72-39/9th
Career Record/Years: Same
Football SID: Kyle McRae
Secondary Contact: Anton Malko
Credentials: Herb Benenson
Ticket Info: 800-GO-BEARS
Games Played: 72
Series Record: Cal leads series, 39-31-2
First Meeting: 11/18/1899, at Cal 12, Oregon 0
Last Meeting:9/26/09, at Oregon 42, Cal 3
Current Streak: Oregon win 1
Tedford vs. Oregon: 4-3
Kickoff - Kickoff - Oregon at Cal (Sat., Nov. 13, 4:30 p.m. PT)
California (5-4, 3-3 Pac-10) returns to Memorial Stadium to host the nation's top-ranked team, Oregon (9-0, 6-0 Pac-10), in the first of three consecutive home games for the Golden Bears to end the 2010 regular season. Cal is concluding a regular-season schedule with three consecutive home games for the first time since 1950.
After picking up its first road win and fifth victory overall at Washington State last Saturday, Cal is a single win away from qualifying for a postseason bowl for the eighth consecutive season to extend a school record.
Cal is a perfect 4-0 in Berkeley this season and has dominated opponents by a combined score of 189-34. The Bears have home wins over UC Davis, Colorado, UCLA and Arizona State.
Oregon is perfect both at home and on the road, with an 11-point win at Arizona State on Sept. 25 the smallest margin of victory for the Ducks in 2010.
Oregon has also been the nation's top-ranked team in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll for each of the past four weeks. The Ducks started the season ranked No. 11 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll after reaching the top for the first time in both polls in Week 8. Oregon was the No. 2 team the first two weeks of the BCS Standings in Weeks 8 and 9, but has moved into the top spot for each of the past two weeks.
The intriguing matchup of the contest looks to be between a Cal defense that has been brilliant at times in 2010 against an Oregon offense that leads the nation in scoring (54.7 ppg) and total offense (567.2 ypg).
The Bears' defensive unit paces the Pac-10 and is among the nation's leaders in total defense (299.6 ypg, No. 12 NCAA), pass defense (179.7 ypg, No. 17 NCAA) and sacks (3.11 spg, No. 5 NCAA). The Bears are also second in the conference in pass efficiency defense (109.2, No. 12 NCAA), third in rush defense (119.9 ypg, No. 25 NCAA) and fourth in scoring defense (21.3 ppg, No. 37 NCAA).
Oregon's high-powered offense is powered by a rushing attack that leads the Pac-10 and ranks fifth nationally with an average of 305.4 yards per game on the ground. The Ducks are also efficient in the air, ranking second in the league and 13th nationally in passing efficiency (158.41). Overall, the Ducks passing offense is fourth in the Pac-10 and No. 29 nationally with an average of 261.78 yards per contest.
On the other side of the ball, a Cal offense that averages 30.0 points per game (No. 6 Pac-10, No. 47 NCAA) will go up against a Duck defense that is second in the Pac-10 and No. 13 nationally in scoring defense (17.7 ppg) and third in the conference and No. 29 nationally in total defense (329.0 ypg).
The long-range forecast in Berkeley for gameday is calling for sunny skies with a zero percent chance of precipitation, a high of 67 degrees and a low of 52.
Cal-Oregon Series Notes
Cal leads the all-time series with Oregon, 39-31-2. Prior to suffering a 42-3 blowout loss to the Ducks in Eugene in 2009 that snapped a three-game Cal win streak in the series, the Bears had dominated the Ducks of late with four victories in the five games played between the squads from 2004-08. Cal still has a three-game win streak intact over the Ducks at Memorial Stadium, where Oregon last won on Sept. 13, 2001 (48-7), prior to the Jeff Tedford era at Cal. A Tedford-coached Bears team snapped a seven-game Oregon win streak in the series with a 28-27 home victory on Nov. 6, 2004. Cal won the last meeting between the teams at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 1, 2008, a rain-drenched 26-16 victory. The Bears' longest stretch of dominance in the series came from 1927-38, when Cal pitched six consecutive shutouts.
Bear Territory - Home Field Advantage
Cal has an overall record of 37-6 (.860) at Memorial Stadium in its last 43 home games since Oregon State won 35-21 in Berkeley on Oct. 4, 2003. In fact, the Bears have won 37 consecutive home contests against teams other than Oregon State (0-4) and USC (0-3), who have combined to go 7-0 at Memorial Stadium since the Bears knocked off the Trojans at home in 2003. Cal has posted unbeaten home seasons three times (2004, '06, '08) in each of the last three campaigns to be played in an even year on the calendar and has also won its first four games at home in 2010. The Bears have a current streak of 41 games with at least 50,000-plus fans at Memorial Stadium (every contest over the last seven seasons), including a total of 226,743 over the team's first four home games of 2010 for an average of 56,686. Cal drew a season-high crowd of 61,664 vs. UCLA on Oct. 9. In 2009, Cal just missed averaging a home crowd of 60,000 or more fans per game for the fifth time in six years, with its average per-game attendance figure of 59,472 over six dates. The team's biggest numbers during the Tedford era came in 2006, when the Bears drew 450,223 fans and averaged a record 64,318 spectators per contest. Cal's most recent sellout was a crowd of 71,799 vs. USC on Oct. 3, 2009.
24 in a Row at Home in Even Years
The last time Cal lost a home game during an even year came during a 52-41 loss to Arizona at Memorial Stadium way back on Nov. 16, 2002. Since then, the Golden Bears have won 24 consecutive home games with the calendar on an even year - last game of 2002 vs. Stanford, 5-0 in 2004, 7-0 in 2006, 7-0 in 2008 and 4-0 so far this season. Cal has had big seasons overall each of the previous three even years, posting records of 10-2 (2004), 10-3 (2006) and 9-4 (2008). Including a 4-3 mark in its first seven games of 2010, Cal is now a combined 33-12 (.733) at home over the last four campaigns taking place in even years.
Cal vs. No. 1 Teams
Saturday's meeting with top-ranked Oregon marks the 11th time in school history Cal has faced the nation's No. 1 team. The Bears, who have never been ranked No. 1 themselves in the modern era, have yet to record a victory over a top-ranked squad. Oregon's visit to Memorial Stadium marks only the third time in school history Cal has hosted the nation's best.
Cal is now just one victory shy of extending its school-record bowl game streak to eight consecutive seasons. Cal has posted a 5-2 mark in its first seven bowls under Jeff Tedford, who is the only Cal head coach to have ever won more than two bowl games. The Golden Bears won a school record four in a row from 2005-08. This year's bowl picture is still developing but the Pac-10 is affiliated with the following six bowls - Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi (No. 1), Valero Alamo Bowl (No. 2 team), Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (No. 3 team), Brut Sun Bowl (No. 4 team), Maaco Bowl Las Vegas (No. 5 team) and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (No. 6 team).
Bears Get First Road Win in Final Regular-Season Road Game
After starting the 2010 campaign with four consecutive road losses (Arizona, Nevada, USC, Oregon State) to run its string of defeats away from Memorial Stadium up to six, Cal snapped the skid with a 20-13 victory at Washington State in its final regular-season road contest of the year Nov. 6. This year's troubles away from Memorial Stadium followed what had been a stellar road mark in 2009, when Cal won four of its first five games away from Memorial Stadium and finished with a 4-2 record in true road games for its best mark since Cal was 5-1 on the road in 2004. Cal won at Minnesota, UCLA, Arizona State and Stanford in 2009, with the two losses coming at Oregon and Washington. Prior to 2009, Cal hadn't posted a winning road record since 2005, when the Bears were 3-2 in true road games.
Coming Off a Bye Week
Cal has already faced the unenviable task of playing an opponent coming off a bye week twice this season vs. Arizona State and at Oregon State. Washington will be the third team in 2010 to face Cal coming off a bye. The three Pac-10 opponents Cal must face after a bye week tie UCLA for the most in the conference. Cal has already played its only game after coming off a bye in 2010, an impressive 35-7 win over UCLA on Oct. 9 that improved the Golden Bears' record to 9-6 during games when coming off a bye week during the Jeff Tedford era.
Brief Appearance in the National Rankings
Cal has been ranked nationally for a single week during the 2010 season, when the Golden Bears climbed to No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll following a 2-0 start. However, Cal lost its next game at Nevada on Sept. 17 to fall out of the rankings and has yet to return. Still, the brief appearance meant the Bears have been ranked among the nation's top-25 teams at one point in each of the last seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns since 2002. Cal is currently No. 24 in the Sagarin ratings.
Losses to Tough Teams
Cal's four losses in 2010 (all on the road) have come against Nevada, Arizona, USC and Oregon State, four teams that have combined for a 26-8 record this season. Nevada (No. 21 AP, No. 21 USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 21 BCS) is 8-1, Arizona (No. 18 AP, No. 19 USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 18 BCS) sports a 7-2 mark, while USC is 6-3 and Oregon State 4-4.
The notes for Cal's defense in 2010 have been plentiful. Below are some of the most crucial ones.
Cal's defense ranks among the top teams both in the conference and nationally in several key categories. Cal leads the Pac-10 in total defense (299.6 ypg, No. 12 NCAA), pass defense (179.7 ypg, No. 17 NCAA) and sacks (3.1 spg, No. 5 NCAA), while ranking second in the conference in pass efficiency defense (109.2, No. 12 NCAA), third in rush defense (119.9 ypg, No. 25 NCAA), and fourth in scoring defense (21.3 ppg, No. 37 NCAA).
Cal has put up significantly better numbers this season in four of the above five categories, ranking the same or higher both nationally and within its conference compared to 2009 - total defense (378.9 ypg, No. 7 Pac-10, No. 72 NCAA), pass defense (266.9 ypg, No. 9 Pac-10, No. 111 NCAA), pass efficiency defense (137.58, No. 7 Pac-10, No. 91 NCAA) and scoring defense (25.5, No. 7 Pac-10, No. 60 NCAA). The Bears did put up slightly better stats in rush defense (112.0 ypg, No. 2 Pac-10, No. 23 NCAA) in 2009.
Cal has shut out its opponent in the first half in four of nine games in 2010, sending UC Davis, Colorado, Arizona and UCLA into the break without a point, while allowing only a field goal to Arizona State. Cal has also held all four of the opponents it has shut out in the first half to 10 points or less in the game to mark the first time the Bears have accomplished that since 2004, when Cal also held four of its opponents to 10 points or less. Cal still has three more regular-season contests plus a possible bowl game on the schedule in 2010 to improve on the statistic. No Bear team has held five or more opponents to 10 points or under in a season since the "Bear Minimum" defense limited seven opponents to 10 or fewer points in 1968.
Cal's defense put up more points (12) than it allowed (10) to the first two offenses it faced this season, with a pair of defensive touchdowns against Colorado on a 41-yard interception return by Mike Mohamed and an 82-yard fumble return from Darian Hagan.
Cal has scored after forcing a turnover in six of its nine games in 2010. The team's total of 58 points after forcing turnovers this season include 31 against Colorado, seven against UC Davis, Nevada and UCLA, and three at Arizona and vs. Arizona State.
Cal has kept opponents below 200 yards of total offense three times in 2010, holding UC Davis to a Pac-10 season-low 81, UCLA to 144 and Washington State to 194.
A total of 11 players have combined on the 28.0 sacks and per-game average of 3.1 that has Cal leading the Pac-10 and ranked fifth nationally. Cameron Jordan and Mychal Kendricks lead the way with 5.5 each, and are followed by D.J. Campbell (2.0), Trevor Guyton (4.5), Darian Hagan (2.0), Mike Mohamed (2.0), Jarred Price (2.0), Ernest Owusu (1.5), Keith Browner (1.0), Sean Cattouse (1.0) and Steve Williams (1.0).
Active Players Career Notes against Oregon
Cal has won two of the three games against Oregon in which five members of the 2010 Golden Bears have been a part of, with Chris Conte, Derrick Hill, Cameron Jordan, Mike Mohamed and Kevin Riley all having played in three career games against the Ducks. Below are some of the most significant notes and numbers from games over the last three years involving current Cal players.
Mike Mohamed has put up the biggest career defensive numbers against Oregon by any active Cal player. Mohamed has combined to make 31 tackles (10.3 tpg) in three contests, while adding one pass breakup. He had a career-high-tying 14 tackles in a 2008 victory over Oregon, while adding nine in 2009 and a season-high-tying eight in 2007.
The only other Cal player that has double-digit career tackles against Oregon other than Mohamed is Cameron Jordan, who has come up with 19 to go along with a team-high of 3.5 tackles for loss and the only sack by an active Cal player against the Ducks over the last three years. Jordan had a huge game vs. Oregon in the 2008 win, with a season-high 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and the sack. He had five tackles and the other 1.0 TFL in 2009.
Shane Vereen has 97 rushing yards on 27 attempts (3.3 ypr) in two career games against Oregon, with 61 of the yards on 21 carries and a touchdown coming in a 2008 win over the Ducks. He has added five catches for 31 yards against the Ducks in his career (4-25 in 2008), and in 2009 had three kick returns for 114 yards, including a 44-yarder that was the longest of his career. Vereen has more all-purpose yards (234) vs. Oregon than any other active Cal player.
Injured quarterback Kevin Riley struggled in two career games against the Ducks, combining to go 19-of-43 for 203 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Brock Mansion (no stats) and Beau Sweeney (1-5-0-7-0; 2 rushes, -7 yards) both got into a 42-3 loss at Oregon in 2009.
Jeremy Ross had a solid game in the 2008 victory over Oregon, catching two balls for 38 yards and a touchdown while returning four kicks for 81 yards. Ross has career totals of five catches for 46 yards and a TD and five kick returns for 95 yards against the Ducks. Ross is second among active players with 141 all-purpose yards vs. Oregon.
Sean Cattouse had one of his four interceptions in 2008 against Oregon.
Giorgio Tavecchio made all three of his extra points and one of his two field goals (missed from 41 yards, made from 33 yards).
Vince D'Amato put the only points on the board for Cal in a 42-3 loss at Oregon in 2009, nailing a 47-yarder on the Golden Bears first drive of the game to give Cal a short-lived 3-0 lead.
Bryan Anger has punted 14 times in two career games against Oregon, averaging 37.1 yards per punt, well-below his career average of 43.1. Anger averaged 39.1 yards per punt on seven attempts in 2008 and 35.0 ypp also on seven tries in 2009.
Darian Hagan has three career pass breakups against Oregon, all in the 2008 victory over the Ducks, and 1.5 tackles for loss in two games played.
Trevor Guyton had 2.0 tackles for loss at Oregon in 2009.
Cal held Oregon to 84 net yards passing and 4-of-18 on third downs in the 2008 victory.
Vereen Third in Pac-10, Tied for 7th Nationally in Scoring
Shane Vereen has been a scoring machine for Cal in 2010 with 90 points on 15 touchdowns (12 rushing, three receiving) in nine games. Vereen's 90 points in 2010 rank him tied for 10th on the school's single-season scoring list. Vereen is third in the Pac-10 in scoring and tied for seventh nationally with an average of 10.0 points per game. He has scored three times in a game twice, vs. UC Davis (two rushing, one receiving) and at Nevada (three rushing); multiple times in six of nine games this year, eight of his last 12 contests dating back to 2009 and 10 times in his career; as well as at least once in seven of nine contests this season.
Vereen All Over Cal Record Books
Shane Vereen has placed his name all over Cal's record books. He has moved onto several of Cal's all-time lists during the 2010 season and is now among the school's career leaders in rushing touchdowns (28, No. 5), 100-yard rushing games (9, No. 9), rushing yards (2,553, No. 9), all-purpose yards (3,758, No. 9) and scoring (204, No. 10). In the single-season record books, his 1,757 all-purpose yards in 2009 rank sixth. The 12 rushing touchdowns he has scored in both 2009 and 2010 tie for eighth-best all-time at Cal. Check out where Vereen and other active players stand in the Cal record book on a full list on page 15 of the game notes.
In addition to his penchant for finding the end zone, Vereen is fourth in the Pac-10 and tied for 22nd nationally in rushing with his average of 98.4 yards per game. Vereen has team highs of 886 yards and 167 carries for a career-high average of 5.3 yards per carry, with 12 rushing touchdowns. He is nearing his career-best numbers of 952 yards on 183 carries posted in 2009 but his yards this season have been hard with only three rushes (all at Nevada) of 20 or more yards. He is also tied for second on the team in 2010 with three touchdown receptions, third with 17 receptions and fourth with 179 receiving yards. Vereen had at least one reception in each of his first 33 career collegiate contests, which was the longest streak by an active Football Bowl Subdivision running back and tied for the seventh-longest among all FBS players, before the streak was snapped when he did not have a catch Oct. 30 at Oregon State. His combination of rushing and receiving makes him the Pac-10's fifth-leading all-purpose runner and No. 53 nationally with an average of 118.3 all-purpose yards per game (1,065 total all-purpose yards).
Jones Leading Club in Receiving for Second Straight Year
The team-leading totals of 42 receptions (one shy of his career-high of 43 in 2009) and a career-best 675 receiving yards posted by wide receiver Marvin Jones through Cal's first nine games make him the team's leading receiver for the second consecutive year. Jones currently ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and No. 38 nationally in receiving yards per game (75.0), as well as tied for seventh in the conference and tied for No. 66 nationally in receptions per contest (4.7). Jones also has three touchdown grabs in 2010 to tie for second on the club and the four longest catches of his career (all 50 or more yards), including the longest touchdown catch of his career on a 52-yard completion from Kevin Riley against Arizona State. Jones exploded for career highs of 12 catches and 161 receiving yards at Nevada. The 12 catches are tied for the most by a Pac-10 player in a game this season and tied for the seventh-most catches by a Cal receiver in school history, as well as the most since Geoff McArthur hauled in a school-record 16 catches at Stanford on Nov. 22, 2003. His yardage total was the most since Lavelle Hawkins had 192 receiving yards vs. Oregon State on Oct. 13, 2007. He has added his two other 100-yard receiving games (the third and fourth of his career) in two of his last three contests, making four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown vs. Arizona State and four catches for 101 yards at Washington State.
Mohamed Having another Strong Season
Mike Mohamed ranks second on the team with 53 tackles and tied for 15th in the Pac-10 in tackles per game (6.6) despite missing the Nevada contest that ended a string of 41 consecutive games played and being limited due to injury in two others (at Arizona, at Washington State). He is also one of 11 Cal players with at least one forced fumble on the stat sheet and one of eight with an interception, returning it 41 yards for his second career touchdown vs. Colorado. In addition, he has a team-high two quarterback hurries. He has reached double digits in tackles twice (career-high-tying 14 vs. Colorado, 10 at USC) to increase the number of times he has hit double figures in his career to eight. He is Cal's active career leader in tackles and fifth on the school's all-time list with a total of 298. In addition, he is Cal's active career leader in interceptions (7), interception returns for a touchdown (2) and forced fumbles (3).
Mohamed Finalist/Quarterfinalist for Prestigious Awards
Mike Mohamed has been named a finalist and quarterfinalist for a pair of prestigious awards in the William V. Campbell Trophy and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, respectively. Both honors were recently won by former Cal players with Alex Mack receiving the Campbell Trophy (formerly known as the Draddy Trophy) in 2008 and Daymeion Hughes capturing the Lott IMPACT Trophy (formerly Lott Trophy) in 2006.
Along with being a finalist for the Campbell Trophy, Mohamed has been selected as a recipient of a National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award that will be presented along with the naming of the Campbell Trophy winner at the 2010 NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City on December 7. Each Campbell Trophy finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
Each school in the country is allowed to nominate only one candidate for the Campbell Trophy. All candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of collegiate eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott IMPACT Trophy is awarded annually to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. The honor is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation in Newport Beach, the award is given to the player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Mohamed has a cumulative 3.43 GPA and is on track to graduate in December with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He has been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team three times, including first-team recognition in each of the last two years. He added District 8 All-Academic first-team honors from CoSIDA/ESPN in 2009. In the community, he has been one of the team's leaders and has volunteered extensively for many organizations including The Sage Project, an effort that matches Cal football players with local youth in one-on-one mentorship opportunities.
Cameron Jordan is having his best season at Cal. With three regular-season games and a possible bowl contest still ahead, his current total of 48 tackles equals a career-best while his 10.5 tackles for loss (1.17 tflpg, No. 3-T Pac-10) and 5.5 sacks (0.61 spg, No. 3-T Pac-10) are both one-half unit shy of reaching the best numbers he has ever posted at Cal. He also has a career-high and team-high-tying two forced fumbles to rank tied for fifth in the Pac-10 (0.22 ffpg).Jordan has ramped up his production in the last three games, combining for 24 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
Along with Cameron Jordan, Mychal Kendricks has been one of the top big-play players in the Pac-10 this season. Kendricks is tied for the lead in the Pac-10 in fumbles recovered (3, 0.33 per game), while equaling Jordan's 10.5 tackles for loss (1.17 tflpg, No. 5-T Pac-10) and 5.5 sacks (0.61 spg, No. 3-T Pac-10).
Holt a Steady Leader
D.J. Holt leads the team with 57 tackles and ties for the club lead with two forced fumbles, while adding 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks to rank tied for fourth on the club in both categories. He also has three pass breakups and a quarterback hurry. When Mike Mohamed missed the game at Nevada with an injury, Holt delivered a career-high 16 tackles - equaling the most by a Cal player since 2007 - to go along with his first career forced fumble.
Conte Coming On
Chris Conte is having the biggest season of his collegiate career as a senior, ranking third on the team with 51 tackles and adding 1.5 tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble, two pass breakups, and the team's only blocked kick of the season that he returned 17 yards for his first career touchdown against Arizona State. Conte spent most of the past three seasons as a reserve defensive back, primarily at cornerback, playing in 38 of 39 possible games but starting only five. He has started all nine games in 2010 at safety, including the biggest contest of his career at USC when he recorded career highs of 16 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. The 16 tackles are tied for the most by a Cal player since 2007.
Mansion Solid in First Career Start
In the wake of Riley's injury, fourth-year junior Brock Mansion made his first career start at quarterback for Cal on Nov. 6 and led the Golden Bears to a 20-13 victory at Washington State. Mansion was 12-of-24 for 171 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions while completing the longest pass of his career on a 50-yarder to Marvin Jones. He also rushed five times for 25 yards, including a 28-yarder that was the longest run of his career and the longest by a Cal quarterback since Aaron Rodgers had a 36-yarder at Washington on Nov. 13, 2004. The fourth-year junior's most significant playing time previously had come when he relieved an injured Riley at Oregon State on Oct. 30 after and completed 14-of-24 passes for 138 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Mansion had completed 3-of-8 passes for 26 yards over his first three-plus seasons at Cal, primarily in a backup role to Riley.
Riley Expected to Miss Remainder of Season
Fifth-year senior quarterback Kevin Riley is expected to miss the remainder of the 2010 season due to an injury he suffered during the first quarter of a game at Oregon State on Saturday, Oct. 30. MRI tests conducted two days later showed a significant injury to Riley's left knee. Riley started Cal's first eight games in 2010 and had been one of the team's game captains in each of those contests, combining to complete 111-of-185 passes (60.0%) for 1,409 yards with 13 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He arguably had his strongest performance of the season in his last full game before the injury, completing 19-of-28 passes for 240 yards, with two touchdown tosses and no interceptions in a 50-17 home win Oct. 23 over Arizona State. Another highlight came when he threw for a career-high four touchdown passes against Colorado on Sept. 11. Riley is among Cal's all-time leaders in touchdown passes (50, No. 5), total offense (6,136, No. 6), passer efficiency (131.55, No. 7), passing yardage (6,182, No. 8), 300-yard passing games (2, No. 9-T) and 250-yard passing games (7, No. 10). Riley leads the Pac-10's active quarterbacks in career victories (19-12 in 31 starts) and is tied for first in games played (36). Riley had a string of 11 straight games with a touchdown pass, spanning the final eight outings of his junior campaign and the first three of his senior season.
Sparkling Debut, Good Rookie Season for Allen
True freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen made one of the most memorable debuts in Cal football history in the season opener against UC Davis on Sept. 4 when he caught four passes for 120 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown reception. His 120 receiving yards were the most by a Cal wide receiver since LaReylle Cunningham had 138 yards at Maryland on Sept. 13, 2008 (since surpassed by Marvin Jones' 161 yards at Nevada), and only 10 shy of the single-game true freshman school record set twice by DeSean Jackson in 2005. On the season, Allen leads the Golden Bears in touchdown receptions (5) while his 32 receptions and 379 receiving yards are both second behind Marvin Jones. He is among the Pac-10's per-game leaders in receptions per game (4.0, No. 10-T) and making a run at posting the team's best receiving numbers by a true freshman recently when DeSean Jackson led the squad with 38 receptions, 601 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches in 2005. Allen has also become the team's primary kick returner of late and is averaging 22.6 yards (No. 10 Pac-10) on a team-high 11 kick returns.
Anger Looking to Set School Record
Bryan Anger is averaging 45.8 yards per punt over his first nine games and 43 punts of 2010, which is ahead of the single-season school-record mark of 45.3 set by Scott Tabor in 1987. Anger's 2010 mark is also 2.7 yards better than his career average of 43.1, a figure that ranks second all-time at Cal behind Tabor's 44.0 from 1986-87. The 2009 first-team All-Pac-10 selection and three-time member of the Ray Guy Award watch list is third in the Pac-10 and 10th nationally in punt average. Anger has 18 punts of 50+ yards, including a 66-yarder against Colorado that is the second longest in the Pac-10 this season. He has also pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on 16 occasions. Anger had a season-high average of 50.4 yards per punt against UCLA on Oct. 9 and was named the National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards as well as the Pac-10's Special Teams Player of the Week. He was named an honorable mention CFPA Punter Performer of the Week after punting five times for a 47.8 average vs. Arizona State (Oct. 23) and following a 47.6 yards per punt average on five attempts at Washington State (Nov. 6).
Tedford Now at 72 Wins, Approaching Cal's All-Time Mark
Ninth-year head coach Jeff Tedford increased his win total at Cal to 72 victories with his most recent triumph at Washington State. Tedford became Cal's all-time modern-era victory leader as well as its all-time leader in games coached earlier in 2010. Tedford now sports an all-time record of 72-39 (.649), only two victories behind the school's all-time leader, Andy Smith (74, 1916-25) and one shy of James Schaeffer (73, 1909-15). In addition, Tedford has led his teams to a current string of seven consecutive bowl appearances (2003-09) to set a school record and eight straight winning seasons (2002-09) to tie another school mark. He is one of only eight current FBS coaches to have an active string of at least eight consecutive winning seasons. His teams have also won a school-record four bowl games in a row (2005-08), are 5-2 overall in bowls and have registered a 7-1 mark in Big Games to equal the legendary Pappy Waldorf's seven victories over Stanford. His win totals for conference games (44) and overall road contests (24) are already the most ever by a Cal coach.
50 or More Points Three Times
Cal has notched 50 or more points in a game three times in 2010, the first time Cal has scored 50 or more three times in a season since 2003 and the first time a Cal team has ever scored 50 or more points in three home games in the same season since 1922, the year before Memorial Stadium opened.
Score 30 Points, Usually Win
Cal is 55-5 all-time when putting 30 points or more on the scoreboard under head coach Jeff Tedford, reaching the mark most recently with a 50-17 win over Arizona State on Oct. 23. The Bears had won 30 consecutive games when they scored at least 30 points prior to a 52-31 loss at Nevada on Sept. 17. When the Bears don't score at least 30 points, their record under Tedford is 17-34.
Cal ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and No. 45 nationally in rushing offense with an average of 164.7 yards on the ground per game. Cal rushed for a season-high 304 yards vs. UCLA and has been over 200 yards on the ground four times, adding 230 vs. UC Davis, 225 at Nevada and 212 at Washington State. Cal's rushing total vs. UCLA marked the fifth time the Bears have eclipsed the 300-yard mark on the ground since 2008.
Red Zone Efficiency
Cal has scored on 30 of its 33 trips into the red zone to rank third in the Pac-10 in red zone efficiency by scoring 90.9 percent of the times the Bears enter the red zone. Cal has scored touchdowns on 23 of those visits and seven times has come up with a field goal. Cal is also the only team in the Pac-10 without a turnover in the red zone.
Special Teams Improvement
The 2010 Cal special teams have shown a significant improvement under first-year special teams coordinator Jeff Genyk, especially in net punting and punt returns. The Bears are second in the Pac-10 and 13th nationally in net punting (39.4 ypp), while checking in at No. 4 in the conference and No. 18 nationally in punt returns (13.1 ypr). Last year, the Bears were 30th nationally in net punting (37.31 ypp) and 24th in punt returns (12.35 ypr).
Looking for School Record Ninth Winning Season in a Row
Cal is looking for its ninth consecutive winning campaign in 2010 to establish a school record. The Bears' current run of eight straight winning seasons from 2002-09 has tied an 85-year-old school mark that was set from 1918-25 under head coach Andy Smith. The Bears did record 10 straight winning seasons from 1907-16 but the first eight were rugby rather than football.
Being the Best, Beating the Best
The Bears are 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 36-21 when the club is ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since head coach Jeff Tedford took over in 2002. Cal has also played 28 nationally ranked teams during the Tedford era and posted a 13-15 record in those contests. Cal is 0-2 under Tedford against No. 1 ranked teams, most recently falling 35-10 to USC at Memorial Stadium in 2005 and also 23-17 to the Trojans in 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams - defeating then-No. 18 Arizona (Nov. 14) and then winning at then-No. 14 Stanford (Nov. 21) - for the first time since 1950.
On the Tube
Cal has appeared or is scheduled to appear on live television 55 times over its last 56 contests through the first 11 games of this season with television information for the regular-season finale vs. Washington pending. The lone exception during the period was a non-televised home contest vs. Washington State on Oct. 24, 2009 that snapped a string of 38 straight games on TV. A total of 96 games have been televised or are scheduled to be televised in the ninth season under Jeff Tedford.
Turnover Margin a Key
Cal ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and No. 41 nationally in turnover margin with a +0.33 per-game average. The turnover battle has been emphasized since head coach Jeff Tedford's arrival in 2002 and rightly so. The Bears are 41-5 when committing fewer turnovers than opponents during the Tedford era, compared to 16-9 when tied and 15-25 when opponents win the battle. In Pac-10 games, the stats are even more decisive as Cal is 25-3 with a positive margin in turnovers, 10-6 when the turnover table is tied and 9-21 with a deficit. In its four victories this year, Cal forced 11 turnovers and gave up the ball only five times, although the Bears did win their most recent game at Washington State while losing the turnover battle, 2-0. The five turnovers Colorado committed were the most a Cal team had forced since the Bears also forced five (all interceptions) vs. Washington on Oct. 21, 2006. Cal has suffered one defeat this year despite winning the turnover battle, falling at Arizona despite forcing a pair of Wildcats turnovers while committing only one. In its four defeats, Cal has lost the ball seven times while taking it away on four occasions.
Eight of Cal's first 11 scheduled games start at 1:00 p.m. local time or earlier, with the start time for the regular-season finale vs. Washington on Nov. 27 at Memorial Stadium still to be determined.
Cal Significantly off Last Year's Big-Play Pace
Cal has 34 plays (25 passing, nine rushing) from the line of scrimmage having covered 20 or more yards in 2010, compared to 55 (37 passing, 18 rushing) through the first nine games of last year. Kevin Riley (19) has been involved in the most plays, with Marvin Jones (12) second on the club. Below is a look at the 34 plays from the line of scrimmage in 2010 that have gone for at least 20 yards.
Yds Type Player Opponent
62 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley Colorado
*59 Rush Shane Vereen at Nevada
*52 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley Arizona State
51 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley UC Davis
50 Pass Marvin Jones from Brock Mansion at Washington State
50 Rush Shane Vereen at UC Davis
48 Rush Marvin Jones UCLA
*48 Pass Keenan Allen from Kevin Riley UC Davis
*45 Pass Anthony Miller from Brock Mansion at Oregon State
42 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley Arizona State
39 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley at Nevada
35 Rush Shane Vereen at Nevada
32 Pass Keenan Allen from Kevin Riley at USC
32 Pass Jeremy Ross from Kevin Riley Arizona State
32 Pass Anthony Miller from Kevin Riley at Nevada
32 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley at Oregon State
31 Pass Shane Vereen from Kevin Riley UCLA
*31 Pass Shane Vereen from Kevin Riley at USC
30 Pass Jeremy Ross from Kevin Riley at USC
29 Pass Keenan Allen from Kevin Riley Colorado
28 Rush Brock Mansion at Washington State
27 Pass Jeremy Ross from Kevin Riley Colorado
27 Pass Marvin Jones from Brock Mansion at Washington State
*27 Rush Jeremy Ross at Washington State
26 Pass Michael Calvin from Kevin Riley at USC
24 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley at Nevada
24 Rush Isi Sofele UCLA
*23 Pass Shane Vereen from Kevin Riley UC Davis
23 Rush Marvin Jones Colorado
23 Rush Isi Sofele at Washington State
22 Pass Marvin Jones from Kevin Riley at Arizona
21 Pass Jeremy Ross from Brock Mansion at Washington State
20 Pass Keenan Allen from Brock Mansion at Oregon State
One Rushing Streak Ends, another Trend Continues
Cal's string of seven straight seasons in which a running back gained over 1,000 yards ended in 2009, but the Bears did have two players rush for 600 or more yards for the sixth time in the last seven seasons in a testament to the program's two-tailback philosophy. Shane Vereen led the team with a career-high 952 yards on the ground, while Jahvid Best added 867 despite missing the final four games due to injury. This year, Vereen already has 886 yards rushing through nine games and is on track to reach 1,000 rushing yards in a season for the first time in his career. Should the Bears make a bowl game and Vereen maintain his current pace of 98.4 rushing yards per game, he would reach a career-high total of 1,279 yards, which would be the sixth-highest single-season total in Cal history. The Bears' second-leading rusher is Isi Sofele with 305 rushing yards through nine games for an average of 33.9 rushing yards per game that has him on track for a 441-yard season.
Lots of New Faces
A total of 12 Cal players - Keenan Allen (Fr., WR), Marc Anthony (So., CB), D.J. Campbell (Jr., DB/LB), Dominic Galas (So., OL), Trevor Guyton (Jr., DL), Spencer Ladner (So., TE), Brock Mansion (Jr., QB), Robert Mullins (So., LB), Ernest Owusu (Jr., DL), Brian Schwenke (So., LG), Eric Stevens (So., FB) and Steve Williams (RFr., DB) - have made their first collegiate start in 2010. Other true freshmen that have played in 2010 in addition to Allen have included linebackers Nick Forbes and David Wilkerson, and tight end Jacob Wark. A total of 23 players have seen their first action at Cal in 2010, with the four true freshmen being joined by Mark Brazinski (RFr., OL), Dan Camporeale (RFr., LB), Austin Clark (RFr., DL), Deandre Coleman (RFr., DL), Ryan Davis (Jr., LB), Sam DeMartinis (Jr., OL), Nico Dumont (RFr., FB), Coleman Edmond (Jr., WR), Tyré Ellison (So., DB), Steven Fanua (RFr., LB), Justin Gates (Jr., OL), Spencer Hagan (RFr., WR), Alex Logan (RFr., DB), Dash Oliver (Fr., DB), Clark Porter (Jr., LS/LB), Tyler Rigsbee (So., OL), Charles Siddoway (RFr., OL), Steve Williams (RFr., DB) and Dasarte Yarnway (RFr., TB).
Academic Prowess Continues
Cal players have earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors 83 times from 2002-09 under head coach Jeff Tedford, second-most in the conference during that span. Nine Cal players were recognized on the 2009 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Mark Boskovich, Alex Lagemann and Mike Mohamed were first-team selections. Ernest Owusu, Matt Summers-Gavin and Giorgio Tavecchio were named to the second team, while Skylar Curran, Chris Guarnero and Mitchell Schwartz received honorable mention recognition. Boskovich and Mohamed also earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 first-team honors in 2009, while Owusu was chosen in 2010. Syd'Quan Thompson was named one of 22 national winners of the Academic Momentum Award as part of the Scholar-Baller Program, in conjunction with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS). In 2008, Alex Mack earned the Draddy Trophy (later renamed the Campbell Trophy) honoring college football's top scholar-athlete, while Mohamed is a finalist for the honor often referred to as the "academic Heisman" in 2010 after being given an earlier NFF Scholar-Athlete Award. Of the 163 seniors who have played for Tedford, 144 (88%) have earned their degrees and/or gone on NFL careers. The Cal football team was second in the Pac-10 in the most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) released in June of 2010.
Cal in Pac-12 North in 2011
The Pac-12 Conference took major steps to transform itself into a dynamic new enterprise by forming two football divisions that maintain traditional rivalries, creating the first-ever Pac-12 football championship game, establishing schedule models for all other sports and agreeing to move to an equal revenue sharing plan for the first time in conference history. The announcement was made on Thursday, Oct. 21. The Chancellors and Presidents of the 12 member institutions voted to create a new North-South division structure that allows the conference to continue to play its traditional rivalry games, including the long-standing annual games among the California schools, delivers a football championship game to the home field of the top team in the conference standings and is easy for fans to follow. The new divisions will feature California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington and Washington State in the North and Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah in the South. Each school will play five divisional games and four cross-divisional games each year. To preserve all of the historic rivalries, including those among the California schools, the new scheduling format locks in annual inter-divisional games between the Northern and Southern California teams that date back to the 1930s.
Memorial Stadium Renovation
Since it opened in the fall of 1923, California Memorial Stadium has generated scores of unforgettable memories for generations of Golden Bears. From the Wonder Teams of the 1920s to the Pappy Waldorf years mid-century to the current success attained under head coach Jeff Tedford, the venerable facility has treated fans of all ages to many of the greatest games in the history of Cal football.
Work is underway to renovate the historic building, bringing it up to modern standards and creating a facility that will significantly reduce seismic risk and create a more enjoyable environment for the hundreds of thousands of fans who attend games every year - all while maintaining the architecture and character of the celebrated structure.
Construction on the $321 million project began in earnest in early June 2010 and is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 season opener. After playing in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium one last time in 2010, the Golden Bears will move to temporary quarters at San Francisco's AT&T Park in 2011 before returning to campus for the following campaign and providing new generations of Cal fans the opportunity to treasure the venue for years to come.
Final Season in Current Memorial Stadium Configuration
The 2010 season will be Cal's final campaign in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium. Cal will host its 2011 home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park, playing its home games away from Memorial Stadium for the first time ever since the facility opened in 1923. Cal will return to a renovated and retrofitted Memorial Stadium in 2012.
Student-Athlete High Performance Center
The Student-Athlete High Performance Center, under construction since late 2008, is scheduled to open prior to the 2011 football season and will become a modern new home for approximately 450 student-athletes in football and 12 other sports to use on a daily basis. The 142,000-square-foot facility will house locker rooms, offices and meeting rooms, as well as areas for strength and conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition and academics.
The building is the physical manifestation of Cal's High Performance Initiative, a nontraditional approach to excellence that challenges conventional ways of thinking about and delivering high performance in an intercollegiate setting. In an effort to take Cal to the highest level, the HPI applies worldwide best practices in sport and human performance to all aspects of the athletic department. This commitment creates and sustains high performance across Cal Athletics and maximizes the potential of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff.
The High Performance Initiative has three primary objectives - to maximize competitive advantage, to efficiently use available resources and to optimize the student-athlete experience - which will be attained primarily through applying a different mindset to intercollegiate athletics and by delivering world-class advanced support services and facilities.
Cal's State of Oregon Connections
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator at Oregon State's in-state rival Oregon from 1998-2001 and helped lead the Ducks to four bowl games, three post-season wins, the best overall record (38-10) in the Pac-10 during the period and a No. 2 national ranking at the end of his last season in 2001.
Cal offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Andy Ludwig spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator for Oregon from 2002-04.
Cal associate head coach/running backs coach Ron Gould played collegiately for Oregon for one season in 1987.
Director of Football Operations Mike McHugh held the same position at Oregon from 1999-2000.
Strength and conditioning coach John Krasinski spent five seasons from 1996-2000 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Oregon and graduated with a Master's in Exercise Physiology from the school in 1998.
Four Cal players - Isaac Lapite (Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS/South Eugene HS), Kevin Riley (Portland, OR/Beaverton HS), Charles Siddoway (Eugene, OR/Sheldon HS) and Jacob Wark (Portland, OR/Jesuit HS) - list cities in Oregon as their hometown and played prep football in the state as did a fifth when Gabe King was briefly at South Eugene High School as a prep senior.
Brothers Kameron and Kaulin Krebs were members of the Oregon State football program before transferring to Cal.
Offensive administrative assistant Akili Smith played his collegiate football at Oregon from 1997-98 when Cal head coach Jeff Tedford was the Ducks' offensive coordinator. He was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior, setting Oregon's single-season passing record with 3,763 yards and also throwing for 32 touchdowns.
Offensive administrative assistant Brendan Ferrigno played four seasons as a wide receiver at Portland State and graduated from the school in 2007.
Video coordinator Matt Fox was a student assistant in the video office at Oregon from 1999-2000 and graduated from the school in 2001.
Head equipment manager Ed Garland served for 16 years as an assistant equipment manager at Oregon after one season as an assistant equipment manager for the Portland Breakers of the USFL in 1985. Garland is a native of Vale, Ore., and graduated from Oregon in 1987.
Recruiting assistant Kevin Parker played tailback and wide receiver at Oregon, and was twice named the Ducks' Most Inspirational Player before graduating from the school in 1999.
Active Players in Cal Record Book
The following active players are listed in the Cal record book. For career categories, the all-time leader and anybody that an active player could reasonably pass during the Nov. 13 game vs. Oregon are also listed. A full list of records can be found on pages 143-174 of the 2010 Cal football information guide online at CalBears.com.
Single-Game Football Tickets
Tickets are still available for all remaining home games. Be there as the Bears battle top-ranked Oregon (Nov. 13), No. 7 Stanford in the much-anticipated 113th Big Game (Nov. 20) and Washington (Nov. 27) in the final game to be played in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium. For tickets go to CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS.
Versus 3D National Telecast
The national telecast by Versus of the Nov. 13 game between Cal and currently top-ranked Oregon at Memorial Stadium will be presented in 3D. The 3D telecast will be a first for both Versus and Cal.
Scout Day Nov. 13
Cal Athletics will host Scout Day on Nov. 13 for the Cal vs. Oregon game. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts from throughout Northern California will be on campus to participate in Scout Day pre-game activities, earn a Scout Day patch, and root on the Bears in Memorial Stadium. Last year was the first Scout Day for Cal football with over 600 scouts in attendance. Cal Athletics also hosts Scout Day for Cal men's and women's Basketball. For more information about future Scout Day events go to CalBears.com/scoutday.
Starkey Salute November 27
Radio play-by-play broadcaster Joe Starkey will be jointly honored by the National Football Foundation and Cal Athletics during an NFF On-Campus Salute during the final game of the 2010 regular season vs. Washington on Saturday, November 27.
100 Years of Card Stunts
The Cal rooting section is credited with establishing one of the most time honored traditions in college football - performing card students at college football games. This season, Cal is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its first card stunt performance at the 1910 Big Game, a rugby match between California and Stanford. The original stunts performed that afternoon depicted the Stanford Axe and a big blue "C" formed on a white background. The tradition is a crowd favorite at Memorial Stadium as several times each season Cal students perform as many as 10 different stunts, using more than 5,000 cards. The painstaking process of plotting the positions of the cards, which once took days to complete, is now aided by computers that add to the precision of the images produced in the card section.
Domoto Receives Seaborg Award
Dr. Pete Domoto, a member of Cal's last Rose Bowl team who went on to a distinguished career as a pediatric dentist, educator and child advocate, has been chosen the 2010 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Award. The award, named after the former University of California chancellor and 1959 Nobel Prize-winning scientist, is presented annually to a former Cal football player for his career accomplishments and represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletes, leadership and attitude.
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Recycling at Memorial
In an effort to reduce the amount of waste generated at Memorial Stadium, Cal Athletics has instituted a new recycling program for the remainder of the 2010 season, which includes participation in the Environmental Protection Agency's Gameday Challenge, a nationwide endeavor encouraging universities to promote waste reduction at football games this fall.
Fans can look for recycling stations inside the stadium on the main concourse and along the East Rim. Additional stations will be at the entry gates and in the FunZone on Maxwell Family Field.
20,000 Facebook "Likes"
Cal Athletics is making an initiative to reach 20,000 "Likes" on the official Facebook page of the Golden Bears before December 31, 2010. As of November 1, 2010, there are currently 12,359 "Likes" for Cal Athletics on Facebook. Visit facebook.com/calathletics to add to the total.
Be in `The Play'
Cal fans can be a part of the history of "The Play" and share the experience with friends at Beintheplay.com. Fans are encouraged to upload a photo and see themselves cheering the Golden Bears onto victory during `The Play.' Fans can also upload a friend's photo onto the Stanford Band member who was on the receiving end of Kevin Moen's touchdown celebration. The site also contains a sweepstakes where fans can enter to win four tickets, pre-game field passes and the chance to lead the team onto the field riding in the Oski-Mobile for the 113th Big Game versus Stanford on Nov. 20, 2010 - 28 years to the day of `The Play.' In addition, the grand prize winner will also receive two season tickets to both the 2010-11 men's and women's basketball seasons.
Cal Men's Basketball
Cal men's basketball season tickets, mini packs and non-conference single game tickets for the 2010-11 season are on sale now. Don't miss this opportunity to see national powerhouse Kansas and the rest of the marquee matchups as the Golden Bears look to defend their Pac-10 title.
For tickets go to CalBears.com or call (800) GO-BEARS.